‘Healthy Women, Healthy World’ is a slogan that truly symbolizes the fact that women are custodians of family health, and they play an extremely vital role in maintaining the overall health of their family and communities. But, at the same time it is also true that women typically ignore issues related to their own health and well-being. It is really shocking to know that approximately 195 million women worldwide are affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is an eighth leading cause of death in women. Healthcare professionals are playing a vital role while working with physicians in better management of CKD and even educating patients about kidney disease.
World Kidney Day (WKD) comes back every year and this year WKD and international women’s day will be marked on the same day and will focus on kidneys and women’s health with the message: ‘Include, Value, Empower.’
Across the world hundred of events will take place to reflect on the importance of women’s health, and particularly their kidney health. The campaign will promote affordable and equitable access to health education, care and prevention for women and girls across the globe. The WKD will focus on informing women on how to reduce the risks associated with CKD and to create awareness about importance of kidneys, regarding preventive behaviors, risk factors, stress management and awareness about how to live with a kidney disease.
The CKD is a disease in which there is gradual loss of kidney function over a period of time. It includes conditions that damage your kidneys and subsequently decrease their ability to keep you healthy. Early detection of the same can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. Women diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure are at high risks of developing the CKD. Itching, muscle cramps, swollen feet and ankles, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, feeling of fullness etc are some common symptoms associated with CKD.
Women’s health is unique and varies in numerous aspects with their male counterparts. In recent decades, women’s health-related issues have gained much importance on global platforms. Women are more prone to kidney diseases but at the same time they are lagging far behind in the treatment. Women with CKD will experience problems with menstrual periods, a decrease in sexuality, pregnancy-related complications, where acute and chronic kidney diseases may manifest and that may impact future generations; and a decrease in fertility rate.
Let’s have a look at 7 golden rules that will help in preventing kidney disease
1. Most importantly you have to be ‘water wise’ and that means you have to drink plenty of water.
2. You need to maintain a healthy body weight and healthy blood pressure too.
3. You have to strictly follow a low-salt and a low-fat diet.
4. You just can’t skip an exercise routine for at least 30 minutes on 5 days of the week.
5. You need to quit smoking and limit alcohol intake.
6. You have to mark dates on your calendar for regular check-ups and related tests.
7. If you are diagnosed with diabetes you just need to control your blood sugar levels.
There is an optimal need to produce greater health outcomes by timely diagnosis, proper awareness and proper follow up of CKD in women to save future generations from this epidemic of CKD. When we talk about risk factors, it’s important to recognize that most people with CKD don’t know that they have it. Approximately 9 out of 10 individuals with CKD are estimated to not know that they are battling with the disease. Unfortunately, there are usually no symptoms with CKD until it’s too late and here comes the role of healthcare professional. They are spending more and more time with patients and helping them seek appointments and other medical assistance. Healthcare professionals help patients change their lifestyle to include healthier behaviors.
Healthcare professionals will likely play a role greater than ever in spreading awareness about CKD. And when we talk about healthcare professionals, we are talking about doctors, nurses, lab technicians, as well as young force that have a plan to make careers in healthcare industry.
Seeing today’s scenario, trained and up-to-date healthcare professionals are needed for prevention and management of CKD. We definitely need skilled professionals and for that an appropriate education in healthcare management is the need of the hour. Asia-Pacific Healthcare Management, in association with RUDN University, Russia, has introduced an MBA program in Healthcare Management. Faculty, including leading academicians and practitioners, from a variety of healthcare firms will be delivering the course curriculum. The program aims at developing healthcare management professionals to effectively lead the global healthcare organizations.
Click on this link – https://asiapacifichealthcaremanagement.org/course/mba-in-healthcare-management/ to know more about the International MBA Healthcare Management program.